In May of 2005, my husband the photographer Andrew Sanderson and myself were invited to visit Mary Fedden in her studio. We arrived two months later and she kindly showed us around her place, provided us with tea and allowed us to photograph anywhere we liked. Later, Andrew made a book of the pictures which he gave to me as a present.
I discovered the letter from Mary yesterday whilst spring cleaning and though it might be of interest.
The letter reads;
Dear Andrew, I really love your photographs. I love the way you make beautiful + significant the most trivial – seeming things – your observation is perfect.
Thank you so much for your book. I’m touched that your wife thought my surroundings would interest you. When you come to London, I would be happy for you to come + take some photographs.
I certainly have plenty of insignificant objects for you to transform!
Do give me a ring when you plan to come, + we will fix a date.
With best wishes to you both
Your children are beautiful!
Before she died I managed to visit her on three occasions and she was always very welcoming and friendly.
A number of the paintings in the exhibition include book covers. I started painting them because I was inspired by the beautiful patterns of vintage books, especially King Penguins and children’s Picture Puffins. It began when I discovered some music books with amazing covers in a local charity shop,
I researched the designer (Stephen Russ) and found out later that he had taught my mum at College in the sixties. I have recently been looking at the covers of the New naturalist series which were designed by Rosemary and Clifford Ellis.
Here are a few paintings that are in the exhibition;
For many years I have had my work in six galleries in the UK, but so far they have mostly been in the south. I was recently asked if I would show at a gallery in Ripley, just outside Harrogate in North Yorkshire and after a little visit decided immediately that it would be a lovely place to show. Ripley is a town right out of a Dickens novel and almost every house is a beautiful example of honey coloured stone and classical architecture. The gallery is called Chantry House, and is right in the centre, and easy to find. It is run by Emma Hargreaves.
Last week I went with my husband to the opening of Angie Lewin‘s solo show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The exhibition is called a natural line, Angie has taken inspiration from YSP’s historic 500 – acre landscape to create a series of new prints and watercolours alongside newly designed products such as mugs and bags. The exhibition continues until 23rd February 2014. It is well worth a visit.
Here are a couple of new paintings, done in the last couple of weeks. One of them includes a book cover originally designed by Enid Marx, and is part of an ongoing series of paintings depicting beautiful book covers from my collection.
Here are two paintings in a series of still life images with patterned music scores behind. The first one is just about to be published by Artists cards. These books were originally produced by Penguin and they commissioned several artists to design the front covers. I bought a number of these books last year as I was really taken with the colours and the designs. I found out later that the illustrator of this one was Stephen Russ, who taught my mum at Corsham Art School in the sixties.
My brother, the furniture designer (and much else besides), Anthony George has refurbished a property in Norwich and opened a new gallery there by the name of Yallops Gallery. The current exhibition there is Paul Bommer and his ‘Sack & Sugar’ show of limited edition prints and delft tiles. The private view is tonight April 12th and the show is only on this weekend, so hurry! Yallops Yard, 59, St Augustine’s Street, Norwich, NR3 3BG.